Perdomo cigars are some of our customer’s favorites here at Cigar King. Whether it be Lot 23, Patriarch, Habano, or the 10th Anniversary series, Perdomo is always a hot commodity for our customers. 2 years ago, after seeing the success of the 10th Anniversary Champagne, Perdomo added a maduro wrapped version of the Champagne called the Champagne Noir. Perdomo chose a Cuban seed Nicaraguan wrapper for this release, fermenting them for 14 months and then aging them in old oak bourbon barrels, creating a darker profile than the original Champagne release, though using the same filler blend. The result is both visually and taste-wise a striking difference from the original blend. Coming in several sizes, today we will be smoking the Noir in a 7×54 size that Perdomo assigns the Churchill name to.
Size: 7 x 54 Churchill
Wrapper: Cuban Seed Nicaraguan Maduro
Price: $7.50/stick or $124.95/box of 25
Appearance: The maduro wrapper on the Perdomo Champagne Noir is a very dark brown color that is strikingly different than the original Champagne release. It is much more rough looking with some noticeable tooth and minor veining running the length of the cigar. The feel of the wrapper is fairly rough and feels well packed when squeezed with just a hint of sponginess. The band is quite large, though on a cigar this size doesn’t seem too big, and is mainly black with 2 different shades of gold throughout. The design is elegant and eye-catching while being easily legible.
Pre-Light Aroma: The foot of the Perdomo Champagne Noir brings distinct notes of raisin and molasses with some lighter earthy tones. The wrapper is lighter in scent, giving off just a hint of earthy sweetness. Once clipped, the dry-draw is open and easy with notes of cherry and molasses sweetness. The lips are left with a slight sweetness as well, though it isn’t strong enough to identify a distinct flavor. With the cigar feeling as well packed as it is, I was concerned the draw may be a little tight but that is not the case at all.
The cigar lit easily and quickly for being such a big ring gauge and your palate is instantly hit with some big flavor. Earth and cocoa are the real standouts right off the bat with some coffee notes sneaking in here and there. Each puff provides ample amounts of smoke and I had several comments from customers about the aroma being sweet and pleasant as I smoked through the cigar. Through the nose the Perdomo Champagne Noir provids a heavier dose of the coffee and a slight creaminess as well. The ash is solid and holds the entire first third before I tap it into the ashtray. Strength wise the cigar starts at a mild-medium with signs of building in strength as it smokes further in.
Into the middle of the cigar and the coffee flavor that I picked up in the nose has taken over the palate with a nice creamy flavor to complement it. There is a hint of spice in the nose though it is just barely making itself known. The smoke output has seemed to increase, at least while the cigar rests in the ashtray, creating a pleasing aroma for those around you. The burn line has remained straight throughout the smoke to this point with the ash continuing to hold strong for over an inch. The strength has notched its way to the medium point now but doesn’t show signs of growing any stronger from this point.
The final third of the Perdomo Champagne Noir brings a nuttier profile to pair with the cocoa sweetness, which makes its return in this portion. The combination of nutty and cocoa is a nice finish for this medium bodied cigar, a sweet and smooth profile that is easy on the palate. Being such a big cigar, it took just over 2 hours to finish the smoke and the rich flavors at the end were a nice treat. This is definitely a great extension to the Champagne line and a wonderful companion to the original Connecticut wrapped version. Be sure to check out CigarKing.com to order your Champagne Noir today and enjoy this delightful smoke.